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Engineers approve plan to begin removal of Halifax crane toppled by Dorian

September 13, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX _ Nova Scotia’s Labour minister says work will begin this weekend to remove a huge construction crane that collapsed in Halifax during Hurricane Dorian. Labi Kousoulis says a structural engineering report has been completed and approved by his department

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Post-Dorian claims adjustment: has the industry resolved its capacity issues?

September 10, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

More than 100,000 Atlantic Canada homes and businesses were still without power three days after Dorian hit Nova Scotia, but the latest hurricane to hit Canada’s east coast should be easier for the industry to handle than the May 4

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The impact of Dorian on Canada’s P&C industry

September 9, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Hurricane Dorian is definitely a catastrophe-level event for Canadian insurers, probably with huge business interruption losses and possibly bigger than 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, industry experts said Monday. “Business interruption is going to be huge on the commercial book of business,”

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How fatal Nova Scotia fire could change national building code

February 25, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Experts say the deaths of the seven Barho children in a ferocious Halifax house fire last week could lead to new fire safety measures and changes to the country’s building code. Phil Rizcallah, director for construction research and

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Will the Maritimes be insurable if climate change left unchecked?

July 29, 2018 by Jason Contant

The financial costs of flooding in the Maritimes could increase dramatically by the end of the century under a “business-as-usual climate scenario,” even without accounting for changes people have made to the environment that could increase exposure, according to a

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Third Nor’easter in two weeks pummels Atlantic Canada

March 14, 2018 Michael Tutton - THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX –  A small steeple that’s a part of Halifax’s urban landscape toppled early Wednesday in a fierce winter storm that left thousands of Maritimers facing power outages, school closures and flight cancellations. Rev. Betsy Hogan, the minister at the

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Top 3 most dangerous places to drive in Canada

November 22, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Halifax has the highest collision frequency rate (7.9%) in Canada this year, according to the Allstate Insurance Company of Canada’s 2017 Safe Driving Study. It’s the third consecutive year that Halifax has topped Allstate’s study of collision frequency in Canada.

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Negligence finding against brokerage arising from denied commercial fire claim overturned

June 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Marsh Canada Ltd. was not contributorily negligent after a fire claim filed by a Halifax pub owner was denied by its Lloyd’s insurers because the property was neither sprinklered nor made of masonry, contrary to a statement on the insured’s

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Oral fluid drug screening devices can be “successfully used in Canada,” Public Safety Canada reports

June 7, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Results from the federal government’s oral fluid drug screening device pilot project suggest the devices can be “successfully used in Canada” to identify drivers who test positive for certain drugs in various conditions, Public Safety Canada (PSC) reported on Tuesday.

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Opposition MPs concerned about lack of a ‘ready, usable, reliable roadside screening device’ for marijuana impairment

May 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Opposition MPs spoke Monday in favour of a bill that would raise the maximum sentence for impaired driving causing death and let Canadian police test any legally-stopped driver for alcohol impairment but expressed strong concerns about the ruling Liberals’ plan

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Child restraint systems in commercial aviation should be mandatory: TSB

May 19, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The use of child restraint systems should be mandatory on commercial aircraft in Canada, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada reiterated Thursday in a report on an accident that injured 25. No child restraint systems were used (nor were they

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Fire at historic church just outside Halifax a ‘devastating’ blow: member

March 22, 2017 The Canadian Press

NORTH PRESTON, N.S. – Fire has caused extensive damage to a large, historic church considered the cornerstone of a small community just east of Halifax. Firefighters from five stations were called Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to extinguish a stubborn blaze